Visitors from Russia are no longer permitted to enter Denmark unless they have a “worthy purpose,” which does not include attending the Euro 2020 games.
On Wednesday, UEFA announced that it had been unsuccessful in convincing Denmark to allow Russian football fans to enter the country for their European Championship group stage encounter against the host nation in Copenhagen.
Non-EU nationals are not permitted to visit the Nordic host nation due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, which also apply to Russian fans who have purchased match tickets.
On June 21, Russia will play Denmark in Copenhagen in their lone Euro 2020 group round encounter. Their remaining two matches will be held in St Petersburg, against Belgium and Finland, respectively.
The Russian Football Association expressed its “great worry” over the issue.
“We request that you investigate the possibilities of admitting fans to the match as soon as possible and offer a framework for addressing this situation,” Russian FA President Aleksandr Alaev wrote to UEFA tournament director Martin Kallen on Monday.
The problem had been raised with Denmark’s football organization, according to UEFA.
In an email to Reuters on Wednesday, UEFA said: “However, no exception from the present border entrance restrictions was granted.”
The present travel restrictions apply to Russian fans, according to a spokesman for Denmark’s ministry of culture, and they are not politically driven.
Parken Stadium will hold four matches, including the Group B match between Denmark and Russia on June 21. Copenhagen is one of 11 host cities for the pan-continental 2020 European Championship, with Parken Stadium hosting four matches.
According to current Denmark COVID-19 travel laws, visitors from Russia are now prohibited from entering Denmark unless they have a “worthy reason,” which does not include attending the EURO 2020 games.